Published Sep 30, 2015Lately, psych-inspired doom, especially from female-fronted bands, have been enjoying their time in the limelight. Which is great for the beloved Kylesa, who have been doing that exact thing much longer than many of their contemporaries, and doing it well.
The group have undergone some changes over the years, as well as some fluctuations in their overall aesthetic, but they are by far one of the strongest aggressive bands to come out of the early 2000s. This latest release, Exhausting Fire, finds the group coming out of their experimentations with psychedelia and raw, abrasive music to create something truly cohesive and catchy.
Opener "Crusher" starts off with vocals and riffage that are a bit poppier and more accessible than other works; right off the bat, it's clear that this is going to be an album that delivers a clear and developed sound. Some of the strongest tracks are "Shaping the Southern Sky," an ode to Kylesa's trippier, psychedelic side, and "Blood Moon," which is more reminiscent of classic Kylesa and their first few albums. Mysterious and epic throughout, the record is woven together to ensure Exhausting Fire has a direct, strong flow.
If you've been a fan of Kylesa all the way from their first album, this album won't disappoint. Thought they raised some eyebrows with their major fluctuations in sound as they went from being a crust band to a psych band, Exhausting Fire synthesizes and fuses those sounds with their more doomy roots. (Season of Mist)